June’s calendar of events gives you plenty of opportunity to head outdoors and get active in the scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Put on your walking boots test yourself with The WAAT4 and Bwlch With Altitude challenges….or if you’d like a more relaxing month, why not grab some delicious Welsh produce at Dinefwr Food Festival 2018? ..and don’t forget The Hay Festival runs until the 3rd of June!
Bwlch with Altitude-2nd June
Bwlch With Altitude is a popular, family friendly navigation challenge held annually in Llangorse & Bwlch since 2009. The challenge can be conducted either by foot or on your mountain bikes, and it is a team event (minimum 2; maximum 8 members per team). Whilst navigating the routes, your team will have a quiz sheet to fill in, digital checkpoints to collect, photographs to take, and marshals to say hello to! There are prizes galore… all kindly donated by local businesses. The challenge starts with check-in, safety briefing and refreshments at Bwlch Village Hall.
There are 3 options to choose from:
- A 15 mile circular mountain bike route – ideal training for MTB challenges such as the Brecon Beast. Our route requires entrants to have some experience – it contains steep ascents/descents over rough terrain, and riders must wear a safety helmet.
- A 12 mile circular walk – ideal training for WAAT4 and similar challenges, or just a really good day out in the hills with your mates!
- A 5 mile circular walk – ideal for families of all ages.
Free entry for volunteers at the National Botanic Garden of Wales-6th June
Calling all volunteers in Carmarthenshire! It is your Special Day on Wednesday June 6 which means FREE entry for you at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Come and explore the Botanic Garden, meet our volunteers and discover new, amazing opportunities to help our worthy cause in the fields of horticulture, heritage, history, science and even birds of prey.
June 6 is the Garden’s celebration of those who give their time so generously for causes all over the county and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jane Down says it is going to be a fabulous event: “The Garden relies so heavily on volunteers but we are not alone – the county’s volunteer army is deployed in every walk of life and few aren’t touched by their unstinting and generous efforts.
“We will have plenty of our volunteer team members to shine a light on the great work they do here but it will also be an excellent opportunity for people to share their stories.”
The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm). Admission to the Garden is £11 (including Gift Aid donation) for adults and £5 for children five-to-16 years of age. Under 5s are free. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all. Volunteers wishing to claim free entry for June 6 should bring some form of ID with them.
The Big Weekend Ystradgynlais-15th-17th June
Ystradgynlais Big Weekend will kick off on the 15th June with Gin and Jazz! The evening will be held in a large marquee at the Gorsedd Park Ystradgynlais. Get your tickets from the Welfare Hall box office! The next event will be Buskagynlais held on the 16th June, with buskers around town, choirs at the Con Club, a fun fair and stalls at the Welfare hall. This is a free event with no tickets needed! And last but not least-the 17th of June will see Proms in the Gorsedd! Classical favourites, movie hits, popular hymns and arias and much much more! marquee seated tickets are £20pp-bring a seat or blanket and relax in the park tickets -£5pp 1-3pm. Gates open midday. Find out more here.
WAAT4 Challenge-16th June
Become part of Team WAAT4 by taking part in the WAAT4 Challenge 2018, and raise funds for the vulnerable within the communities. Attracting over 500 participants and over 1,000 spectators each year, this iconic event has become a must do in the outdoor calendar. With 2 routes to choose from it doesn’t matter whether you’ve never done a navigation event before or are an champion of the mountains – there’s something for all abilities and ambitions! More here.
The Drover Cycles Gospel Pass Everesting Challenge-16th June
Fancy a sensational summer cycling challenge?? The concept of “everesting” is simple. Choose a hill and ride up and down by the same route until you have clocked up 8,848 meters of ascent, i.e. the height of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. Simple does not mean easy. For our chosen route, from Hay on Wye to Gospel Pass, you’re going to need to repeat the climb 16 times. It’s as much a psychological challenge as it is a physical endeavour. How will you motivate yourself to keep grinding the gears and turning the pedals to achieve your goal? Base Camp at Drover Cycles will be in operation throughout offering food, drink and mechanical support as well as a bike expo, family-friendly activities and BBQ open to all. Spectators and supporters welcome! This event is raising funds for Himalayan Quests Foundation. Team entries available. More here.
Scottish Dancing at the National Park Visitor Centre-23rd June
Free entry. Come and join the South Wales Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society for an afternoon of dancing to the accordion playing of the world famous George Meikle. There will be demonstrations of dances by various teams interspersed with easy dances that everyone can join in. Come along and join in the fun. Suitable for children and adults. Car parking charges apply. More here.
Solar Scopes at The National Park Visitor Centre-23rd June
FREE Family friendly event – Cardiff Astronomical Society invite you to the Visitor Centre to enjoy a rare chance to see our nearest star in close-up. Solar telescopes will be set up (weather permitting!) to allow you to view the sun safely. Come and have a peek, and find out how to get involved in astronomy. More here.
Brecon Town Open Studios-23rd-24th June
A walking art trail around the lovely Welsh market town of Brecon, taking in the studios of several of Brecon’s resident artists. Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017, 1-7pm. More here.
Dinefwr Food Festival-23rd-24th June
Take one historic parkland and mansion, add some professional cookery demonstrations and a pinch of foodie entertainment, mix in a whole host of local food and drink producers and what have you got? – Dinefwr’s annual Food Festival.
This June, Newton House and Courtyard will be jam packed with stalls designed to tickle the taste buds of even the most sophisticated palates.
We’ve chosen to support our local producers and chefs as much as possible, each providing a unique taste of Wales. The courtyard will be a hive of activity with live music to enjoy while you fill your bellies with delicious street food and local delicacies. As well as many taster talks, there’re lots of Fun With Food workshops to sink your teeth into; From cake decoration and pasta making to discovering the delights of a healthy diet with family Plant it, Grow it, Eat it activities. Cooking up a storm in the inner courtyard will be a host of industry professionals who’ll be demonstrating the tricks of the trade that got them to the top of their game.
Cwtch Catreing will be showcasing a dinner party extravaganza that you can impress your friends with. The guys at The Warren in Carmarthen will take the stage with one of their signature dishes, there’ll be butchery demonstrations on both days and lots, lots more. Info here.
Finding Your Way: Introduction to Navigation-30th June
This one day course is for anyone who has ever looked at a map and wondered where to start. At first glance they can appear a daunting prospect, but with a little knowledge you can unlock the information they contain and open up a whole new way of enjoying your walks. During the day we’ll dispel a few myths, unravel contour lines and shortcut the mental maths of scales, grid references and bearings. At the end you should be able to understand the features on a map, plan a simple route and navigate it competently.
The course is an ideal pre-cursor to our Safety on the Hills course and is run by Manzoku Climbing & Mountaineering, a local company with over 25 years’ experience of helping people safely enjoy the hills and mountains of the UK. £35.00 per person. Course needs a minimum of 4 participants to run. This will be confirmed one week before the course. More here.